Organizers of the 18th annual Artarama call Margaret Ramlal’s watercolours semi-abstract — but Ramlal has no idea what they’re talking about.
"To me it’s not, I know perfectly well what I’m painting," said the 77-year-old Fort Richmond artist. "It’s very loose, you know a tree is a tree but it may not look like a tree you’d find in nature."
Ramlal’s work will be on display and for sale at Artarama, which will be held at Mary Mother of the Church (85 Kirkbridge Dr.) in support of the Knights of Columbus.
Ramlal formerly worked as a stenographer and has been involved with creative arts for 35 years.
"It’s just something that I’ve always had to do," Ramlal said. "I’m not very good at sports. I’m the worst person at sports you’ve ever heard of."
She specializes in off-loom weaving, and used to do wheel and hand pottery, but gave that up because it became too messy.
"I did it in our rec room but it’s a dirty hobby," Ramlal said.
About 15 years ago Ramlal decided to switch her creative spirit over to painting watercolours and acrylics, but mostly watercolours.
"It’s something you can pick up and put down," Ramlal said. "It’s more pleasant to work with, and I think it is more creative too.
"You can let your imagination run free. With clay you’re pretty limited."
Ramlal’s work includes original small- to medium-sized work and hand-painted greeting cards.
Ramlal does mostly landscapes and said she gets inspiration from everywhere.
"Sometimes I’ll see something, or I’ll have a photograph, or something in a magazine, and I’ll alter it to what I want," Ramlal said. "But I don’t copy anything, I’ve tried to copy something accurately and it’s just impossible. So basically everything is my own work, but I might get inspiration elsewhere."
Ramlal’s work and 44 other artists’ work will be on display and for sale at the Artarama charity art exhibit and sale on April 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church. Admission is free.
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